May 26, 2024

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Sandboxing Toward Colorado’s Tech Future

When Page Tucker and ProStar Geocorp got busy on Colorado’s western slope, the initial idea was to map the Grand Junction infrastructure for more efficient operations in order to make the city smarter. Then Tucker had an idea: why not utilize his business as a beacon to grow the area’s human technology capability?

“In a lot of these rural areas, when students graduate, a lot of times they aren’t getting those high-paying tech jobs here,” he said. “We want to keep them in the area, though. So I created a paid internship with Colorado School of Mines, and now three of those interns work for ProStar Geocorp full-time. We’ve also incubated several businesses, part of what I’m hoping becomes a technology center in the Grand Valley that is based on finding niches in the market for things like GIS mapping and cybersecurity.”

Tucker operates with plenty of clout. He was the 2016 Colorado Technology Association’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and ProStar GeoCorp is one of Colorado’s top 50 companies to watch. He’s been working with the Grand Junction Economic Partnership and local government to bring the city into the Smart City Consortium, and was instrumental in helping the Grand Junction Economic Partnership bring rural Jumpstart grants to Mesa County in 2016. To a new business, this is like receiving the Golden Ticket. ProStar GeoCorp is a JumpStart beneficiary.

“We’re working with mapping into the future, using video game technology and developing 3D technology for visualization,” Tucker said. “We’re pretty much moving mapping onto a 3D gaming tech platform. We’re also leveraging virtual reality in our mapping. If you’re doing a construction project, if you want to see how the build-out will look at various stages, from all directions, we can use the VR technology. I feel all of this is something our young people would love to do — and I want to help incubate that.”

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By Robert Yehling

Robert Yehling is a former Editorial Director of Sustainability Today, and STEM Today. He is the author, co-author and ghostwriter of 18 books, including the acclaimed "Just Add Water" (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the biography of autistic surfing great Clay Marzo, a finalist for the 2015 Dotty Gray Literature Award for outstanding writing on autism; and “Writes of Life: 366 Exercises to Fulfill Your Writing Life” (Open Books Press), called by the Midwest Book Review “the most comprehensive, diverse, and enjoyable writing exercise book on the market.”

Yehling has edited and shepherded more than 130 books in all genres,
including New York Times bestselling memoirist Lynne Martin ("Home Sweet Anywhere"), and 2015 International Book Award and IPPY Gold Medal winner for Visionary Fiction Lynnda Pollio ("Trusting the Currents"). His engaging, informative presentations have inspired writers for 15 years, and take him to conferences and classrooms throughout the country.

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